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N Street Village, UPIC Health, and WeWork are joining forces to support women in the DMV area who are experiencing homelessness.
The core missions of both N Street Village and UPIC Health revolve around helping and empowering women. This collaboration represents the best in public/private partnerships and aims to directly address inequality by providing meaningful employment opportunities within a dignified workspace to women experiencing economic and housing instability.
N Street Village clients will be hired by UPIC Health to deliver administrative patient services in a virtual setting, while WeWork will generously contribute a modern, collaborative office space for this important work.
Today, the Village is wearing purple in support of #PurpleThursday and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The statistics are indeed staggering and the issue is one which deeply touches our Village community – residents, clients, staff, neighbors – women in general. But the connection to homelessness is especially profound.
National statistics tell us that 1 out of every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and 1.3 million women are victims of domestic violence each year. Here in DC, a study found that two-thirds of women report abuse, violence, or trauma as somehow related to their loss of safe and decent housing.
Half of the women arriving at our Village’s front door report domestic violence as a direct cause of their current crisis.
So today, we wear purple for everyone affected by domestic violence – no matter who or where you are as you read these words. We are here to say that we see you, we hear you, and we believe you. You are worthy of respect. And you are not alone.
Every woman deserves a safe and dignified place to call home. Never give up.
In solidarity with survivors and in gratitude for those who keep the doors of this Village open every day,
Chief Executive Officer
N Street Village
The dictionary defines celebrity as “one who is in a state to be celebrated.” N Street Village has been gifted with a multitude of celebrities over the years.
Take Dana, for example. She left prison nine months ago and made the courageous choice to live in our Recovery Housing. Now – for the first time in over a decade – she is no longer living on the street and has been clean almost a year. And then there is Carlita, who takes two buses to volunteer and teach classes at the Village every week after she put her life back together at N Street Village ten years ago. Or take Karen, a resident chosen by her peers to be an N Street Village Gala Honoree, who learned that her housing voucher has finally come through this week.
And, of course, there is Oprah Winfrey, Andra Day, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Richard Gere, Jennifer Holiday, the Dalai Lama – just to name a few. All of whom chose to support our mission because they agree that Dana, Karen, and Carlita are equally real celebrities – women whose hard work and personal triumphs are “in a state to be celebrated.”
Over the years, N Street Village has welcomed thousands of women. We see their pain and struggle, but also their grit and perseverance. I am especially moved to see many of these women return to work or volunteer here, adding their experience to the foundation on which our newest members will stand.
This is critical, as at least one new woman arrives at our front door every day. As much as we wish this were not the case – the need for our mission remains urgent. In January, the annual Point-in Time Count gave us a snapshot of homelessness in D.C.:
- Progress was made in reducing family homelessness with a nearly 21% decline.
- The number of homeless individuals increased by over 5%.
- Of those individuals, 650 (about one quarter) were women, most over age 45.
- More than half have experienced repeated episodes of homelessness, and the great majority are coping with substance abuse, mental health disorders, trauma, chronic health problems, or some combination thereof.
Here’s the good news: together we have created a Village that is both compassionate and effective in addressing the needs of women just like those 650 who were counted that night.
Over the past eight years, with your support and the leadership of our Board, the generosity of our investors, and strong partnerships with government and others, we have made significant increases in the reach and impact of our mission. We have expanded our wrap-around programs for health, mental health, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, re-entry from corrections, and trauma. We have tripled our housing capacity.
And we completed a Capital Campaign which enlarged our supportive services, reinforced our commitment to integrated neighborhoods, and strengthened our financial position and sustainability.
We know there is hope for every woman who arrives and we stand ready to celebrate her when the time comes. We are grateful to you for continuing to hold open the door of hospitality and hope for the past forty-five years.
Thank you for making this possible. Today, and every day, we celebrate you.
Chief Executive Officer
N Street Village
Jean says she got her colorful sense of style, bright smile, and positive attitude from her mother. Jean goes on to explain, “I have schizophrenia and I experience the world differently than you do.”
Jean had been living on the streets and sleeping outside at Union Station for almost two years when she met an outreach worker who told her about the programs in the city that might be able to help her. Jean was encouraged and soon moved into temporary housing and then into Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, a permanent supportive housing facility where N Street Village provides case management services. Today, Jean is celebrating nearly
six months in her own apartment. She works regularly with Village staff to help her maintain mental health stability and reach her goals.
Jean says she doesn’t know where she’d be – mentally or physically – if it weren’t for the safe, caring environment and incredible staff of N Street Village.
In September, N Street Village was selected as one of three D.C.-area nonprofits to participate in The Washington Post’s charitable giving initiative, Post Helping Hand. This year, the first in our three-year partnership, raised more than $55,000.*
Leading into the holiday season, reporter John Kelly wrote nine stories featuring clients and alumna like Cheryl (pictured), who showcased the Village’s programs, impact, and history. Thank you to John Kelly, The Washington Post, and its readers! New Helping Hand features will return in November 2018. Stay tuned!
2017 Washington Post Helping Hand articles:
- The holiday giving season starts with The Washington Post Helping Hand
- From life on the streets of Washington to a home with N Street Village
- N Street Village specializes in making connections — and changing lives
- Every afternoon in Chinatown, women line up outside Patricia Handy Place
- ‘I was helpless, homeless and hopeless,’ says an N Street Village success story
- Christmas can be rough on the poor and the homeless. These groups help.
- Three women from N Street Village’s homeless shelter share their stories
- Being homeless is bad enough. Imagine being sick, too. N Street Village helps.
- A strong finish for The Washington Post Helping Hand: We smashed past our goal
*Total as of December 31, 2017.
Greetings, Village Family –
On a sunny fall day in October I stood next to D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans as he recounted what the mission of N Street Village has meant for this neighborhood over the past 45 years. He spoke of the thousands of women who have found new hope and healing here and who have inspired us with their courage and strength. And he spoke of the many founders, volunteers, staff, and other leaders whose determination and compassion continue to bring this mission to life.
It had already been an exciting morning, with photo booths and line dancing to launch our Village “SHERO Walk” in celebration of this milestone anniversary. And then, just as we announced our grand total of $100,000 raised that day, Councilmember Evans unveiled our new street sign – officially dedicating our block as N Street Village Way.
We are so proud to look up at this new sign which is much more than simply a street name – it’s a signal to those in search of help and a celebration of the pathway to recovery which is found here.
The true “Way” of our Village lies in the values that we have conveyed and proclaimed for 45 years. We make it a habit – actually, we make it a requirement – to believe in the inherent worth and immutable dignity of every woman we meet. And we honor our deep intuition that we are all more alike than we are different. We know that none of us have to look very far in our own personal histories, or in the lives of those we love, to see that we are all vulnerable to the same basic human experiences of those we serve.
Our N Street Village Way sign now proudly indicates the physical location where our values and beliefs converge, but
long before this simple street sign was unveiled, it was YOUR unstoppable spirit that made our mission into a pathway of renewal and compassion for all who walk here. You – whether a founder or partner or volunteer or alumna or staff – have made this Way possible. At least once a day a new woman arrives at our front door. We will all be here together to welcome her to our N Street Village Way.
Chief Executive Officer
N Street Village was thrilled to be selected as the charity partner for the Washington Kastles 5th Annual Charity Classic on July 27. Dozens of Village friends and clients attended this fun event to cheer on the Washington Kastles, members of Congress and other city leaders. Thank you to the Washington Kastles for empowering the women of N Street Village!
N Street Village had the pleasure of welcoming Angella Reid at the end of August. She spent much of her career with the Ritz Carlton, acting as General Manager at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City for many years.
Under the Obama Administration, Ms. Reid served as Chief Usher and Director of the Executive Residence, the first woman to hold this position. She shared with us the incredible power of hospitality, a value that the Village holds deeply.
It was a gift to have Ms. Reid share her time and experience with the Village client Peer Mentors and staff!
N Street Village partners with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty to host Celebrate Logan: A Taste of 14th Street. Our Village friends enjoy a three-hour self-guided tasting tour of 14th street partners.
Together, we have raised critical funds that directly support the nearly 2,000 women that N Street Village serves each year.
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